Nancy Pelosi Urges Joe Biden to ‘Make Decision’ Quickly on Presidential Race
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Nancy Pelosi Urges Joe Biden to ‘Make Decision’ Quickly on Presidential Race

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Veteran Democratic lawmaker Nancy Pelosi urged Joe Biden to “move quickly” on whether to continue his re-election bid, but did not endorse his bid for a second term.

“It’s up to the president to decide whether he’s going to run. We all encourage him to make that decision because time is running out,” Pelosi, a former House speaker and one of the party’s most influential members of Congress, said in an interview with MSNBC on Wednesday.

Pelosi’s comments will be a blow to Biden, who is trying to head off a popular revolt against his candidacy following his disastrous debate performance with Donald Trump last month.

Biden told Democrats this week he is committed to continuing his re-election campaign and has secured the support of many influential lawmakers within the party.

But Pelosi’s ambiguous comments suggested there was still deep concern among rank-and-file Democrats about whether he should remain in the presidential race.

Biden is scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday evening at the end of the NATO summit he is hosting this week in Washington, D.C., and then head to Michigan for a campaign rally on Friday.

On MSNBC, Pelosi urged Democrats to stop airing their grievances publicly until after this week’s NATO summit in Washington. “Let him handle this NATO conference… whatever you think — or tell someone privately, but you don’t have to put it on the table until we see how it goes this week,” she said.

One of the most damning indictments of Biden’s ongoing campaign came Tuesday night from Colorado Democratic Senator Michael Bennett on CNN, in which he warned that Trump could win in a “landing majority.”

“I’m sure President Biden has a different perspective on his prospects in this election than I do. But we should talk about that,” Bennett said. “And the White House, since that disastrous debate, I think has done nothing to really show that they have a plan to win this election.”

Trump leads Biden by 2.1 percentage points, according to the Fivethirtyeight.com national polling average, after Biden had a narrow lead before the debate in late June. Trump also has an advantage in key battleground states that will decide the election in November.